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Gouro Gu mask of the Zaouli dance (N° 21695)
Among the Mande group of the south, in central Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé, who have borrowed several features from their creations. Animists,they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed, like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, the Guro set of masks, relating to the geniuses of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorphic one, which is considered the wife of the zamblé mask, the Gu. The Gu , whose function is apotropaic, represents a young woman with the Guro criteria of beauty, especially the facial scarification and filed teeth. It is while singing in honor of the zamblé that the Gu moves gracefully, following the sound of the flute. The dancer is fully clothed in brightly colored cloth and plant fibers in harmony with the polychromy of the mask, and performs various acrobatic feats before an attentive audience. According to the authors Fisher and Homberger in "Art of the Ivory Coast", as soon as a mask seems to no longer arouse the interest of the public, it is abandoned for a new copy.
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